I finally bought an ironing board and iron. Before you say, â€œWhat?!? Have you been that wrinkled the whole time youâ€™ve been in Japanâ€ let me point out that almost all my shirts I wear to work are Brooks Brothers Non-Iron shirts. Thatâ€™s not a plug, thatâ€™s not a brag, thatâ€™s just a fact. As you may have discovered in previous posts I am very brand loyal. Thatâ€™s why I still use Tide in Japan. Back to my shirts â€¦ yes, I finally bought an iron. My ridiculously bad dryer has a tendency to wrinkle almost everything by tying them in knots. Iâ€™ve gotten some of the most amazing coupling of clothing out the dryer. My online review of the National NH-D502 â€“ It sucks! I knew that before yet I bought it. My dryer definitely wrinkles things. I noticed my available wearable shirts started reducing over time, and I was tired of wearing the same shirts, so I admitted that it was time to buy an iron and ironing board. I really don’t like ironing, but it is one of the things you have to do on occasion.
Buying an ironing board presents a series of problems in a major metropolitan area when you donâ€™t have a car. First of all, an ironing board is big. In Japan of course they have miniaturized versions of iron boards. However, I am an American, so I need a BIG and TALL ironing board. After consultation with Tomo, I decided to try Bic Camera because they have everything, Tokyu Hands, and maybe Muji (my favorite brand as you know).
When I went to Bic Camera, I was shocked to see the only ironing board available, a typical American style ironing board, was over $100. I know the yen is really strong now, but even if it was weak it would be one heck of an expensive ironing board. Yikes! I had to ask if they had others. They did, as a matter of fact. One was shaped like a torso, and one was kind of a strangely shaped collapsible board American style. The other American style board was only, ONLY, 5400 yen, or about $55. I said I would think about it. Actually, I said something that I thought was equivalent to, â€œLet me think about it.â€ Who knows if the translation was literal.
I went to Tokyu Hands and was confronted by the same torso boards and the exact model I saw at Bic Camera for about $10 more. Since Bic Camera has a big selection of irons too, it seemed clear that I had to head back to Bic Camera. Once back at Bic Camera, I requested the board that I had seen before. That is, I tried to request the board. How do you describe an ironing board that isnâ€™t on display to the salesperson in Japanese? The first round I got a lot of Japanese style tabletop iron boards. I had to get creative in my Japanese â€¦ but finally he brought out what I wanted.
Bic Camera offered about 30 different irons. More choice, ranging from $9 to over $130. Clearly the $9 iron was out as was the $130 iron. I prefer cordless irons, I guess because I am left-handed and there always seems to be a complication for lefties with irons although right now I canâ€™t figure out the complication because it seems you could arrange you, the board, and the iron to account for being left-handed. Maybe Iâ€™m just such an unskilled iron-er that I canâ€™t deal with the cord (after all, Iâ€™ve admitted to hating to iron). How did I make my choice? I chose the best seller! Hey, if everybody likes it, it should be good. I got a Panasonic NI0CL406-H. I guess I know what I will be doing tomorrow.
Also, when I was at Bic Camera originally scouting the irons, I recalled that I wanted new cables for my DVD to AV set / television set. My current connection is strange â€“ I got some strange interference in the video when I hooked up the video to the TV and the sound to the AV set? Huh? Checking out the original cables they looked poorly insulated so I thought better cables would help. More money. I bumped into colleagues while I was struggling over just what cable to buy. Luckily my DVD player is carried by Bic so I could check it out. It probably took me 45 minutes to choose the cables. Donâ€™t worry, no pictures here. I hope they work.
Back to the ironing board â€¦ an ironing board is not something you can just stick in a bag. I was really kind of embarrassed how ugly the board was and thought, â€œWhat the heck, Iâ€™ll take a taxi home.â€ It is a little cold out, and the train station is really busy, and I thought it would be better if I just grabbed a taxi. However, the thought that I could spend $2 on the subway of $10 on a taxi made me say, â€œScrew it, I am PROUD of my ironing board. I have nothing to be ashamed of. I am a strong, confident male with a rather silly looking ironing board.â€ I made it home incident free. The entire shopping trip was over two hours.
Later in the evening I went out to get a new stocking cap because I donâ€™t like my current cap. After shopping, my current cap seems a lot nicer. I went to Banana Republic and their knit caps were something like $50 to $100. I kid you not. Wow. I bought a coat at BR (30 years everyone!) in the US and it is about $120 more expensive in Japan. Approximately 40% more.
I think when I get lonely or depressed I make myself go out and shop as something to get me out. I need to make sure that I donâ€™t become a spending prairie fire while I am over here. The past month with my trip to the States, the purchase of a new computer, and the vacation at Hoshinoya, Iâ€™m feeling a little out of control. Can I single-handedly take two countries out of recession? I donâ€™t know but I sure am trying.
Who knew that buying an iron would result in over 1000 words.